Seems like the solution would be to have a timeout on CPAN modules. If the designated owner didn't log-on to CPAN within some time period, an email is sent to their registered PAUSE email account. If no response is received after some period, the module gets flagged as abandoned and the first person to register interest get maintainership.
For time periods I'd probably go with something like 6-months and one month.
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In reply to Re^2: Howto abandon rights to a cpan module and stop getting bug reports for it?